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Poster: dyneq Date: Oct 29, 2019 12:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Annual TDIH Best Show Ever Alert

Nice write-up!

Late 77 has always been hit or miss for me (as is most of 78 that I've listened to). I can't put my finger on it but I'd say it boils down to the band being 'looser' (not that that's a bad thing in and of itself).

I'll be giving this another listen soon.

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Oct 29, 2019 1:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Annual TDIH Best Show Ever Alert

I agree with that "loose" assessment but mostly for '78...I think the band even in late fall '77 was still pretty tight (if not as 'pristine' as May '77) but with a harder rocking edge & 10/29/77 is really the best of the bunch. It's just amazing how spot on ever first set song is & then there's the 2nd set which is just as high octane but in the pocket as any show I've ever heard them do.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Oct 29, 2019 1:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Annual TDIH Best Show Ever Alert

Hey GC....you know, it actually pisses me off that I don't have stronger memories of the great shows I saw in 77 & 78, esp because after all these yrs, you've convinced me I missed something bigger than I appreciated at the time.

;)

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Oct 29, 2019 3:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Annual TDIH Best Show Ever Alert

I'm sure some 'heads who didn't see their 1st show til late 80s or 90s feel the same way about people who saw earlier eras. My first show was 1/11/79 so I'm glad I got see Keith & Donna at least once but to imagine the lion's share of shows I saw being '77-'78 does sound like GD bliss to me.

I can also see how it would be easy to not understand the significance of how good that stretch was being in the moment, as you were. It was probably just a mellower scene then, the band still pretty much way under the mainstream cultural radar, tickets relatively easy to get & touring pretty much year round...I could see not really grasping that "gold ring down inside" for its time. I'm still jealous, though, of anyone who saw pretty much any show in 1977, but especially the what 10,000 or so? people who were in DeKalb at No. Ill. Univ. on 10/29/77.

If you're one of those, I do hope you cherish that memory.